One Smart Choice: Leveraging Title I Funding for Evidenced-Based Curriculum Programs
The government’s Title I funds are generally targeted to support schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools are held accountable for educational progress, even challenging standards and rigorous assessments.
ESSA specifies increased funding from $14.4 billion to $15 billion in 2017 toward improving basic programs to ensure that students served by Title I—oftentimes from poverty-stricken homes, homes where English is rarely spoken, or from migrant families who are struggling culturally and economically—are given the same opportunity to achieve to high standards and are held to the same high expectations as all other students in each state.
About two-thirds of the nation’s public schools receive Title I dollars, according to the Center for American Progress. Title I funds provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula, and meet state standards in core academic subjects. The funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, as well as special preschool, after-school, and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.
Achieving Higher Proficiency
As Title I is designed to help students served by the program to achieve proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards, funding is allocated to system-wide supports and additional resources to improve learning for students at risk of educational failure.
Instructional strategies supported by Title I should include core alternative, supplemental, and intervention programs that incorporate scientifically-based research as their base. Not only that, but funding can help advance progress when it is put toward professional development, adaptive assessment and diagnostics, and digital technology for personalized learning.
Administrators and educators are invited to find out more about Title I curriculum resources at the McGraw-Hill Education booth 428 at the National Title I Association conference, January 28-31, 2016 in Houston, TX. Supporting the theme “Frontiers of Opportunity”, McGraw-Hill Education’s curriculum experts will be on-hand to discuss the latest developments in curriculum technology, instructional strategies, and leadership for intervention and prevention.
Please join us in Houston to view informational in-booth Expert Chat sessions at booth 428.
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
10:30 am – Developing Strong Foundational Skills for K-3 Literacy
11:00 am – Three Aspects of Successful Literacy Intervention for Grades 3-12: Print, Digital, Project
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
10:00 am – Accelerating Math Skills Acquisition for Struggling Learners in Grades PreK-8
11:00 am – Direct Instruction: Driving Effective Implementation and Leveraging Assessment Technology
3:00 pm – The 11 Essential Elements for Creating Effective Response to Intervention Programs
Title I Focused Curriculum Programs
- SRA Open Court Reading provides schools with the tools to build strong readers, writers, and thinkers for Grades K-3. The explicit, systematic, researched–based instruction supports all learners as they learn to read.
- SRA FLEX Literacy makes the best use of computer-based and teacher-led instruction to accelerate student progress, for struggling students in Grades 3+. Multiple teaching and learning modalities motivate and engage students, to make learning fun.
- Number Worlds is a blended learning program for at-risk students in grades Pre-K to 8. Number Worlds applies research-proven adaptive instruction to engage struggling students, quickly bringing them up to grade level.
- Building Blocks software was developed using National Science Foundation-funded research. Building Blocks includes online activities and an adaptive assignment engine proven to increase children’s knowledge of essential mathematical concepts and skills.
- SRA Reading Mastery is a successful Direct Instruction reading intervention program helping a wide range of K-5 students, including significantly at-risk populations, for more than 35 years. Flexible and comprehensive, it is used as a supplemental intervention program or a comprehensive core reading program.
- Connecting Math Concepts gives K-5 students who are at-risk of falling behind or who have already fallen behind the chance to catch up and learn significant mathematics. This Direct Instruction program drives academic progress for Tier 2 to Tier 3 at-risk students.